Collier Stevens clients own the freehold of this former school which had been converted into flats. They required a planned maintenance schedule that identified defects for which the freeholder is liable – the exterior, the roof and common parts. This was required to predict future maintenance expenditure and service charges to the leaseholders.
The exterior was in deteriorating condition and this was causing water penetration affecting individual flats. The gutters and downpipes were failing and leaking, and the roofs required attention.
We were able to provide a costed and prioritised plan of recommended works over the next five years with an indication of cyclical maintenance beyond that. This plan was used to predict future service charges and to assist residents in understanding the required works and expected costs.
Understanding future maintenance costs is essential for proper management of buildings and, particularly residential blocks where the costs need to be covered by a service charge.
A maintenance surveyor identifies the condition of the building at a point in time and enables a prediction to be made as to what maintenance will be required over a period of time.
It is important that landlords and freeholders have a full understanding of what the future maintenance costs might be to ensure a fair, but also realistic, fee is applied to the tenants. As well as undertaking PPM inspections and reports for landlords, we have worked with tenants who have wanted to challenge leasehold service charges.
Collier Stevens undertakes planned property maintenance (PPM) inspections and reports across East Kent, including Folkestone and Dover and the surrounding area. Get in touch if you require a planned property maintenance inspection and report to be carried out, or you wish to gain expert support and advice in this area.
Take a look at another case study on a recent building survey we have completed, here.